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Mike Irvine is a maker who is a lead designer for Useful Robot, which develops geeky kit watches. Mike is also a fencer in his spare time. Noticing that the electronic systems for keeping score were expensive, he decided to create his own system for under a $100, a factor of ten lowering in price of what’s out there now. There are small clubs and schools who would benefit from a more affordable scoring system. Mike hopes to finish up developing a sport fencer device for sale.

I did not know that fencers are plugged into their automatic scoring systems. Wireless systems are used only at the highest level such as the Olympics.

20120729 140356 A Fencer Scores at Maker Faire Detroit
20120729 140444 A Fencer Scores at Maker Faire Detroit

Dale Dougherty

I’m founder of MAKE magazine and creator of Maker Faire, which are produced by Maker Media, where I’m Executive Chairman. I am also Chairman of the Maker Education Initiative (

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